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Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

We give both commissioned and independent presentations on topics that we hope will be of use to the broader evaluation and nonprofit field. Upcoming conference presentations and speaking engagements are listed below. 

American Evaluation Association 2015 Presentations

Real Time Evaluation: Tips, Tools, and Tricks of the Trade (Wednesday, November 11)
Yuqi Wang
4:30-4:35 PM
AEA 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Room: Roosevelt, Ignite 1


How can an evaluator meaningfully convey findings to stakeholders based on data collected that same day? How can real time evaluation really be done in real time? This Ignite talk is based on Innovation Network’s experiences with facilitating real time evaluation in health policy settings, and will introduce AEA participants to three tools that can be used as part of any evaluator’s real time evaluation toolbox: surveys, H-forms, and timelines. In this session, Yuqi Wang will provide an overview of each tool; show how these tools can aid data collection, analysis, and communication of findings in real time; and lessons learned from Innovation Network’s experiences with these three tools during the evaluation process.


Putting Data in Context: Timelining for Evaluators (Friday, November 13) 
Kat Athanasiades, Smriti Bajracharya, and Katherine Haugh
7:00-7:45 AM
AEA 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 
Room: Burnham


Creating a timeline is a method for picturing or seeing events as they take place over time. By documenting major occurrences in chronological order, evaluators are able to identify patterns, themes, or trends that they may not have seen otherwise. A timeline allows evaluators to “zoom out” and look at the broader landscape, so that they are better positioned to think through and understand the context in which events occur. Having a timeline is especially useful for complex, multi-year evaluation projects with several threads of evaluation, where documenting the process is just as important as measuring the outcome itself. Creating a timeline has three key components: planning, populating, and revising. In this session, Kat Athanasiades, Smriti Bajracharya and Katherine Haugh will demonstrate how to incorporate a timeline into a report, how to use a timeline to track progress internally, and how to utilize data visualization principles to create a visual timeline. 


Data Placemats: Practical Design Tips (Friday, November 13) 
Veena Pankaj
4:30-5:15 PM
AEA 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 
Room: Columbus KL 



Increasing stakeholder involvement throughout the evaluation lifecycle, not only enhances stakeholder buy-in to the final evaluation results, but it also ensures that the evaluator is taking into consideration multiple viewpoints to be able to provide a more comprehensive picture of a program or initiative.  Data placemats, a data viz technique to improve stakeholder understanding of data, can be used to communicate preliminary evaluation results during the analysis phase of the evaluation life cycle. When done correctly, it offers stakeholders an opportunity to form their own judgments about the data and weigh in prior to the final report. In this session, Veena Pankaj will review the concept of data placemats, focusing specifically on the nuts and bolts of constructing a data placemat. 

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